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Pakistan to Ground 150 Pilots for License Cheating | TOLOnews

Pakistan International Airlines did not give additional details about the alleged cheating but said a process to fire the pilots had been initiated.

Pakistan’s state-run airline is to ground 150 pilots, accusing them of obtaining licenses by having others take exams for them, an accusation that followed a probe into last month’s crash that killed 97 people in Karachi.

Pakistan International Airlines did not give additional details about the alleged cheating but said a process to fire the pilots had been initiated.

Thursday’s announcement came after the country’s minister for civil aviation, Ghulam Sarqar Khan, told parliament on Wednesday that “262 out of 860, which is 30%, of our pilots have dubious licenses or a fake degree.”

He explained that these pilots did not pass through proper exams, with some of them having someone else sit the exam for them, while others did not have “proper flying experience”.

“262 out of 860, which is 30%, of our pilots have dubious licenses or a fake degree, they did not pass through proper exams, some of them even did not appear themselves in the exams, and don’t have proper flying experience,” he said.

The minister’s revelation came as he presented preliminary findings of a probe to parliament into the May 22 Airbus A320 crash.

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